Four Exams are Now Required for Rater Certification
During your HERS Rater training, students will take 4 RESNET exams under the supervision of a rater trainer as required by RESNET. The exams include a 50-question multiple-choice National Rater Exam, a RESNET HERS Practical Simulation Exam, a 25-question multiple-choice Combustion Safety Exam, and a ResCAZ Combustion Safety Practical Exam. All exams are open book and have a two- hour time limit. A passing score is 80% for the multiple-choice exams and the RESNET Practical, but 85% for the Combustion Safety Practical. Exam takers receive the results from the exam immediately after completing the exam.
National Rater Exam
The National Rater Exam covers the material presented during the training class as well as technical material on basic building science that is outside of the material covered in class. There is a $100 fee to take the exam, which is included in your NEHERS training fee. Visit RESNET's website for a more detailed breakdown of the topics covered on the exam, as well as study preparation resources.
RESNET HERS Practical Simulation Exam
This exam requires candidates to correctly demonstrate their knowledge of field testing two homes.The Practical exam is delivered over the internet via a 3-D Interactive Simulation. All candidates will receive complimentary access to a training simulation program prior to taking the exam. There is a $250 fee to take this exam, which is included in your training fee.
Combustion Safety/Workscope Exams
RESNET developed two new exams to test knowledge on combustion safety and work scope. Raters must pass these exams by January 1, 2015 to remain certified in good standing. Combustion safety is a complex procedure that is constantly evolving. Click here to see expanded explanations of these protocols. Combustion Safety Standards are part of Chapter 8 of the RESNET Standards.
Multiple Choice Exam
The multiple-choice exam consists of 25 questions and a 2 hour time limit. There is a $50 fee to take this exam, which is included in your training fee.
Combustion Safety and Workscope Practical 'Field' Exam
The Practical exam is delivered over the internet via a 3-D Interactive Simulation. All candidates will receive complimentary access for 1 year to a training simulation program called RESCAZ prior to taking the exam. There is a $199 fee to take this exam, which is included in your training fee.
All exams are administered by a trainer at the completion of a rater training class. The exams can also be taken through a qualified local proctor to fulfill Professional Development requirements, or if the test was failed the first time. CAZ tests can also be taken for the first time through a qualified proctor by Raters who are also certified BPI analysts. All exams are "open book," and therefore exam-takers are encouraged to bring books/resources, calculator, etc. to the exam with them. Although the exam is taken while logged in to the Internet, no email or text messaging is allowed during the exam.
Finding a Proctor for Taking RESNET Exams
It is up to the candidate to locate a proctor or testing center that can provide the services and, if necessary, the equipment listed below. Generally, public libraries, community or technical colleges, utilities, government agencies, and universities are able to provide the necessary services at a nominal fee.
Computer Requirements: High speed internet access (not dial up), with Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 7 (Windows 98 or Windows ME can be used if Visual Basic 6.0 SP5 is installed).
Locate a proctor and schedule the exam at a date and time convenient to you.
The proctor must agree to:
- Check photo ID of student;
- Help student log on to exam site (http://test.resnet.us);
- Provide student with Username and Password to access exam (will be sent to proctor by NEHERS registrar);
- Visually monitor student during exam to verify that student is not assisted by anyone, does not make or receive any phone calls, does not access e-mail or text messaging during the exam, and does not leave the examination area until the exam is completed.
Register on the NEHERS Website: Complete all of the information on the online application and make payment there. NEHERS will register your testing time and application data through RESNET and then e-mail the instructions, including your username and password, to your proctor. You will receive an email when it is all set up.
To allow NEHERS enough time to communicate with your proctor and confirm the arrangements, please register for your exam at least 7 business prior to your exam date.
Fees: At the time of online application, NE HERS charges $50 to set up the exam, communicate with the proctor, do follow-up, and respond to the student. At the time you take the exam, RESNET charges an exam fee: $100 for the national rater exam, $50 for the CAZ multiple-choice exam. The CAZ Practical exam can be retaken at no charge. The exam-taker is responsible for any fees the testing center/proctor may charge.
For Raters or candidates who need to re-take the exam, click here to Register online.